Even though they were on-stage as the support act, Dune Rats brought the intensity to a crazy level. Their fans went mental, causing an intense moshpit. I mean, i’ve seen Dune Rats before (previously at Splendour in the Grass last year), but never like this. There was even a cover Violent Femmes’ ‘Blister in the Sun’, which frontman Danny Beusa dedicated to anyone “who doesn’t know any of our songs”. Playing for around 30 minutes, they jammed to such tracks as ‘Big Banana’ and ‘Red Light, Green Light’, before finishing off their set with new single ‘Bullshit’.
After seeing DZ Deathrays recently at Groovin the Moo, I was excited for their set. There must have been something in the air (their most likely was), because the crowd once again went absolutely crazy. I can’t blame them, DZ Deathrays were perfect in every possible way. Look up badass in the dictionary and you’ll probably see a picture of DZ Deathrays.
If you thought the crowd were exhausted after the craziness of the previous sets, you’re wrong. Violent Soho made their way onto stage and launched into ‘How To Taste’, which comes from their most recent album ‘WACO’. The intro of the track was played behind a curtain, before the it finally dropped at fans lost their minds in the best possible way. After that came another head-banging banger ‘Evergreen’, at this point it was a guarantee that fans were going to have sore necks for a week (it was going be damn worth it though). After playing new tracks, they launched into some older, but much loved tracks, such as ‘Neighbour Neighbour’ and ‘In the Aisle’.
A moment of relief came just after midway in set where they played some slower tracks. I’m sure those in the audience (including myself) were thankful for this brief period to breath and not mosh (I know, i’m a lightweight). ‘Sarmona Said’, ’Fur Eyes’ and ‘OK Cathedral’ from Hungry Ghost saw most of the crowd singing along though.
For those who were ready to get their mosh on once again, they were able to do so with ‘Dope Calypso’. ‘Like Soda’ was a definite highlight of the night, which was a legendary effort by them (and the crowd). If you though the intensity was over, then you wern’t prepared for the intensity of their final track ‘Covered In Chrome’. We all know this one was going to be nuts, but I know I certainly didn’t think that Forum was going to turn into a mass circle pit.
If I had to sum up the night in two words, they would be ‘sweat fest’. I can assure you that their were plenty of sore bodies the next day, but i’m sure that they would do it all again in a heartbeat.
Photographs by Kristy Smolcic